Do Guns Really Kill as Many Americans As Cars?

News reports of a study published last week claim that for the first time in more than 60 years, guns kill as many Americans as do cars. The author of the study, Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H., is an emergency department attending physician and professor at UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. He is […]

Gun Deaths Down 30%

The number and rate of firearm murders has hit a new low since the sky-high gun killings during the 1990s, with California topping an FBI list despite having some of the toughest anti-gun laws on the books. Data from the FBI and Pew Research Center show that all gun violence has declined since the Clinton […]

Clinton Pushes Crackdown on ‘Epidemic’ of Campus Sexual Assault

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laid out a proposal Monday to combat the “epidemic” of sexual assault on college campuses. At a “Women for Hillary” event in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Clinton said that “every student deserves a safe environment in which to learn and thrive, not live in fear.” “It is not enough to condemn […]

More Than 500 Vets Died at VA Hospitals Due to Mistakes Since 2010

More than 500 military veterans died because of serious mistakes at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country between 2010 and 2014, VA records show. There were a total of 1,452 “institutional disclosures of adverse events” between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, 526 of which resulted in patient deaths, according to VA data obtained by the […]

More Than 600 Troops Exposed to Chemical Weapons

More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday. Pentagon officials said the department will now expand its outreach to veterans and establish a toll-free hotline for reporting potential exposures […]

NFL Needs Better Concussion Guidelines: Top Doc

The Ray Rice affair is the latest in a string of cases to raise questions about whether sports-related brain injuries predispose some athletes to mental health disorders or to commit violent acts. The NFL has adopted new protocols for dealing with head injuries, but one of the nation’s leading concussion specialists says more needs to […]

What is an Orbital Blow Out Fracture to the Eye Socket?

It has been confirmed that Officer Wilson suffered an orbital blow out fracture to his eye socket. In case you’re wondering just what that means, here’s a brief overview. (Bolding is mine.) Per Intelihealth: Indirect orbital floor fracture (“blowout fracture”). This occurs when the bony rim of the eye remains intact, but the paper thin […]

Obama to Hold Summit on Sports Concussions

President Obama will bring athletes, coaches, academics and parents to the White House later this month for a summit on youth sports safety and the dangers of concussions, an administration official said Thursday. “As both a parent and an avid sports fan, the president loves and appreciates the role that sports play in the lives […]